Thursday, May 1, 2014

learning with tim ely

in toronto
as in any city
weird things can stop you up short
 so on saturday morning i saw this
this was quite a surprise
 why would anyone take off these "shoes"?
leave them on the edge
of walk and ride?
nearby
a black squirrel was 
having a ridiculously delightful time
doing flips
  questioning MY motives
and then:
there's the japanese paper place.
sigh!
77 brock
were the workshop was held.
(tim's exemplar)
 working with master alchemist,
binder,
wonderer,
maker,
timothy ely.
 i love these marks,
 loved how he taught,
his use of language and respect for story,
felt challenged and heard.
the class was filled with very
very talented artists…
 i learned more about a passel of concepts
which seem to be 
knocking at my brain: 
"pay attention, knock knock"!
so then the ride home was
 an adventure
i just love union station
 as messed up as it is
(just try to find your way
after a blue jay's game and a 
city wide parade)
 home, in my kitchen i found this
 rock books
a drain strainer
empty jars
ink
so my sketchbook 
 taken out and examined
a few days later
after i'd gotten over the mistakes,
i had to forgive myself for those,
there are many.
but this little inlay is
a bit of paper decorated by tim
(it has sparkles in it) 
and i played with paste and color 
still unfinished, but i will slice the last
of the pages apart, paste up the corners,
endsheets,
and start using this thing.
the book WORKS so well,
it's a mechanical device for memory.
it opens flat and deliciously.
there are spare 
marks and bits for me to 
connect the day's notes drawings ideas paste-ins.
thank you tim.
amazing diving board for me.
and i like to swim.

16 comments:

aimee said...

oh oh oh! now i wish i was in class with you rather than moving. can't wait for you to take the lead when we teach this summer.

Alice said...

Lucky, lucky you and what a beautiful book.

Valerianna said...

Flipping squirrel, they do have fun. A red one ran like lightening under the bench I was sitting on the other day... love the book!!

Velma Bolyard said...

aimee, me, too. but clarissa was there, you need to meet her! and cheryl of the many books!
alice, it was a great class, the book, a learning one.
valerie, just learning, this black squirrel (a genetic variation on grey, i'm told) was a HOOT!

ronnie said...

drooling... really (solidly salivating)

Wyn Vogel said...

Wonderful journey - you took us on Velma thanks!!!

Gwen Diehn said...

Lucky, lucky you, Velma! Tim Ely, such a wonder. I spent a week studying with him many years ago. Life changing.

Velma Bolyard said...

ronnie, just don't drool on the keys…tim is just wonderful
wyn, thanks fo going along.
gwen, a week would have been wonderful. maybe i will do that someday.its dectob

Lynn said...

Beautiful book. Beautiful marks.

The Japanese Paper Place is at the top of my list of places to go when I get back to Toronto this Summer for a visit. Used to live just a short streetcar ride down Queen St. from it. I still have a few of their papers which I've been rationing for the past six years, not knowing when I'd have the chance to get back there...

Velma Bolyard said...

lynn, i can understand your rationing, have a very fine time there.

susan bowers said...

looks like creative thoughts will swim easily in this book.

Velma Bolyard said...

susan, that's the hope! once i finish off the last details and can use it.

Genevieve said...

I loved reading your adventure. And seeing your sketchbook. Thanks for writing about forgiving the mistakes, too. I have a really hard time with that.

Velma Bolyard said...

genevieve, i'm really not a perfectionist, BUT i almost threw the book in the recylcle bin, until i heard tim's voice in my head questioning me...

Genevieve said...

I'd welcome that voice in my head. :)

Velma Bolyard said...

g-you would love working with him. he's a gem.

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